Posted on: 3 April 2018Share
As you grow older, you have probably noticed some of your friends or family members losing their hearing or getting hearing aids. You probably want to avoid having the same thing happen to you. While there are many possible causes of hearing loss, and not all of them are under your control, there are certainly a few things you can do to reduce your risk of losing your hearing as you age. Here's a look.
1. Turn Your Headphones Down
If you listen to music through headphones, make sure you turn the volume way down! If the music is loud enough that someone else can hear it while you're wearing your headphones, then it is too loud. Going much above the middle volume adjustment typically results in a sound that is loud enough to hurt your ears. Also, invest in a good pair of headphones. The better ones are made to protect your ears, whereas cheaper ones don't always regulate the sound as well and may emit some louder noises that bother your ears.
2. Wear Earplugs When Working With Loud Equipment
You can visit the average pharmacy and buy a package of foam earplugs for just a few dollars. Use these earplugs whenever you work with anything loud, like a saw or a jackhammer. You should even wear earplugs when you ride a dirt bike or ATV, since the engine may be loud enough to cause hearing damage, especially in an older adult.
3. Stay In the Back at Concerts
If you like going to concerts, pay close attention to where you stand or are seating. Up front by the stage might be the most exciting place to see the show, but the loud noises up there are not good for your hearing. Get into the habit of standing or sitting a bit further back, and also try to sit in the center of the arena. The speakers are often placed to the sides, so the volume will be louder -- and more likely to damage your hearing -- there.
4. Visit an Audiologist
Once you reach the age of 40 or 50, it's a good idea to see an audiologist every couple of years, even if you do not notice any signs of hearing loss. They can evaluate your hearing and let you know if you're in the beginning stages of hearing loss so that you can then take additional measures to protect yourself.
Contact an office like Audiology Consultants, P.C. for more information and assistance.